Hilton Lexington Downtown (locked rate for 10/26-10/27: $149 + tax/fees)
369 W Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
863 S Broadway
Lexington, KY 40504
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington Downtown/University
1000 Export St
Lexington, KY 40504
- Blue Grass Airport (LEX), 4000 Terminal Drive; Phone: (859) 425-3100, A medium-sized regional airport which has service from all of the major American carriers and daily non-stop service to at least 13 cities. It deposits passengers directly adjacent to Keeneland Race Course and just a few miles from downtown. There is express bus service by LexTran, once per hour from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. All major brands of car rental agencies, and taxis and hotel shuttles are plentiful. International facilities including customs are available, but no carriers operate scheduled international flights; most passengers will go through customs in a connecting airport.
- Louisville (SDF) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) are larger airports, each about 1.5 hours drive from Lexington.
Travelers usually access Lexington via one of the two major interstates that arc around the northern and eastern borders of the city. I-64 runs from east to west, connecting Lexington with the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville the west. I-75 runs north-south, connecting Lexington with Cincinnati and Knoxville respectively. Neither interstate penetrates into the city. For access to the far side of the city, use New Circle Road (State Route 4), a loop road of which 3/4 is highway-grade, or during non-peak hours you can just take an arterial road through downtown. The Lexington area is also served by the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway, starting near Versailles ending at I-65 in Elizabethtown, and the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, which starts just east of Lexington and provides access to the Appalachian region.
Lexington's roads form a wheel-and-spokes pattern: New Circle Road forms a circle around the inner city, and arterial roads radiate from downtown. New Circle Road, an early experiment in urban circumferential expressways, was first built before current zoning rules so that about 1/4 of it is developed with commercial usage, while the rest is a 55-mph freeway with on/off ramps. The radial roads are mostly named after the neighboring towns they lead to (e.g. Nicholasville, Richmond, Winchester, etc.), although as you approach downtown they take on a different name (e.g. Limestone, Main, etc.).